February 14th, 2018, was a typical day for students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. A typical day that quickly turned terrifying. At around 2:20 p.m. an 18-year-old expelled student showed up to the school with a .223-caliber AR-15 rifle and started shooting inside of the school's Building 12.
According to ABC News, 15-year old Anthony Borges and his classmates were in Building 12 at the time of the shooting. It was the quick thinking and sacrifice of Borges that saved the lives of his classmates. Borges and his classmates quickly went into the nearest classroom to seek shelter from the approaching shooter.
After his classmates were safely inside, Borges went back to the door to lock it so the shooter couldn't get in. However, while he was trying to lock the door, the shooter saw him and shot at him. Borges continued to protect his classmates by putting his body between the shooter and his classmates.
In all, the shooter shot Borges five times. Borges took bullets to the back and both legs. Borges’ quick thinking and sacrifice saved his classmates who were not injured. After the attack, Borges called his father, Royer Borges, to tell him he was shot.
At the time of writing, Borges is in the hospital receiving treatment for his injuries. After several hours of surgery, he is in stable condition. On Sunday, February 18th the Broward County Sheriff, Scott Israel, visited Borges. Israel reports, "Fortunately, he is recovering -- but has a long road ahead with more surgeries needed."
There is a GoFundMe set up to help the Borges family with their medical expenses. If you would like to donate, please visit: https://www.gofundme.com/anthonyborges.
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The story of Anthony Borges is not the only heroic story from the Parkland shooting. Check out this story about Coach Aaron Feis who used his body to protect students from the shooter.